For an appraisal I will come to your home so as to save you a trip with your precious objects. I will bring all necessary equipment. The only way I can appraise your jewels is to actually hold them in my hands. Photographs are insufficient.
If you choose an appraisal every object will be measured, described and photographed. Later on I will use the data to draw up the appraisal document. You will receive a paper document including photographs in duplicate: a copy for the insurance company and one for you.
In only a few cases I may advise you to have further research done, e.g. in the case of a pearl necklace. Such a necklace needs to be examined in a gemstone laboratory to find out whether the pearls are natural or cultured as this affects their value.
You can also choose to receive advice: your jewels will then be described in less detail and they will not be photographed. Neither will I draw up a document. This procedure is less time-consuming and therefore less costly. Nonetheless it will give you a good indication of the value of your jewels.
What are the costs
Unfortunately it is impossible to predict the costs. I work on the basis of an hourly rate. Whereas I charge travelling expenses I do not take travelling time into account. Each jewel and therefore each appraisal is different. Sometimes the description of a jewel takes five minutes while another jewel might take up an hour. Do not hesitate to contact me so that we can discuss the best way to proceed. In accordance with the chosen procedure I might then be able to give you an indication of the costs.